4th of July Weekend

Aside from an obligatory wedding tomorrow afternoon, I’m looking forward to a long and quiet weekend. I’ve taken this monday off, extending my weekend to four days. Too bad I won’t be at the beach. Ah, well, at least there’s iced tea and the air conditioning.

We’ll probably hunker down and try to keep the excitement to a minimum. The dogs will be reacting to all the fireworks and the neighborhood’s requisite piccolo petes. Sophie will need to be reassured, Jack usually does fine, not sure how Teddy will react.

Last night we had an odd situation. One of the neighbor kids tossed a baby doll over the fence and apparently caught Teddy off guard. He was quite perturbed by the sudden arrival of something strange that looks like a human landing in his yard. He would just hunker down and very cautiously approach, slinky style, not wanting to get too close, with a deep rumble in his chest. It was just past dusk and that made it all the weirder, Cathi called me to look at the spectacle… pretty funny…

I stopped on H street on my way in to work this morning, wandering with my camera between the Padre hotel and the Nile theater, taking pictures. The sky was dusted with clouds and looked like a painting. I shot a few pictures and posted this in my PAD (Photo-A-Day) gallery.

I was pretty happy with this:

4 thoughts on “4th of July Weekend

  1. toddono

    I exposed the shot for the brightness in the sky. It is as shot, but with some enhancement done in a beta release of Adobe Lightroom. Could have been done in Photoshop, too. Essentially what I did was adjust the contrast and the gamma curve a little to bring out the clouds and sky, then added some unsharp mask in Photoshop. The contrast adjustment also has the effect of increasing the color saturation… All of these things could be done in a darkroom, too…

  2. liminal_space

    don’t think i’m a nob, but how did you expose it for the brightness of the sky? could you esplain to me, please — if it’s not too much trouble. 🙂

  3. toddono

    No, you’re not a nob… no, really… 🙂

    What I did was point at the sky without any other objects in the viewfinder, checked the light meter, set the speed/iris, then re-framed my shot and took the picture. If I’m shooting digital, I might take a test shot to check my results. If I’m not certain about how something will turn out, or want to hedge my bet, I “bracket” the shot, which means shooting several extra shots with slightly faster and slower shutters or open/close iris. The end result is that if my first shot is a little over/under exposed, the “bracketed” shots might just save my butt, so to speak. This works with film or digital equally well.

    There’s your Photography 101 class for today… 🙂


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